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Carthage College Trauma and Wellness Conference 2020

A Vision for Community Engagement and Healing

February 25-26, 2020

Timothy Grove, MSSW, and Ramel Kweku Akyirefi Smith, Ph.D., will give keynote addresses at the 20...Timothy Grove, MSSW, and Ramel Kweku Akyirefi Smith, Ph.D., will give keynote addresses at the 2020 Carthage College Trauma and Wellness Conference.The links between trauma, resiliency, and an individual’s or a community’s economic viability are being explored by researchers in virtually every field, while those teaching and learning in the health professions are talking increasingly about trauma-informed care. There is revolutionary potential of this new work in terms of radically changing the way we think about poverty, politics, biology, economics, psychology, and many other aspects of individual development and societal structures.

Please join faculty, psychologists, social workers, educators, and community and business leaders February 25-26, for Carthage College’s Trauma and Wellness Conference 2020: A Vision for Community Engagement and Healing. Co-sponsored by Carthage College and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the conference will explore the many, intersecting facets of this topic in the context of southeastern Wisconsin. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Timothy Grove, senior consultant at SaintA, and by Ramel Kweku Akyirefi Smith, president and CEO of Blaquesmith Psychological Consultative Services, LLC.

Registration has closed due to reaching maximum capacity. We cannot accept any registrations on-site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Questions? Email Brandon Rook, public relations manager, at

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, Feb. 25

6 p.m., Jockey Club Rooms, Todd Wehr Center

Keynote: 12 Years of Trauma Informed Care in Wisconsin: What have we learned? What’s at stake? What’s next?
Timothy Grove, MSSW, Senior Consultant, SaintA
*Please arrive early. Seats are limited and may fill up quickly.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

10 a.m., TODD WEHR CENTER, 128 A-C

Panel: On Trauma, Economics, and the Justice System
Moderator: John Schmid, Journalist


  • Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin 
  • Katherine Hilson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Carthage College
  • Jamaal Smith, MPA, Program Manager, Office of Violence Prevention, City of Milwaukee
  • Dimitri Topitzes, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Co-founder and Clinical Director, Institute for Child and Family Well-Being 

11:15 a.m., Todd Wehr Center, 128 A-C

Refreshment break

11:30 a.m., Todd Wehr Center, 128 A-c

Panel: Trauma-Informed Education
Moderator: Dominique Pritchett, Psy.D, LCSW, Postdoctoral Psychology Resident, Allendale Association; CEO, Dominique Pritchett & Co.


  • Frank Cumberbatch, Vice President of Engagement, Bader Philanthropies
  • Michele Hancock, Ed.D, Professor of Practice in Education; Director of Accelerated Certification in Teaching, Director of Urban Teacher Preparation Program, Carthage College
  • Debra Minsky-Kelly, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education, Carthage College

1 p.m., Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Room

Lunch and Keynote
Humanity: The Revolutionary Love That Moves Us Toward Healing
Ramel Kweku Akyirefi Smith, Ph.D., LP, President and CEO, Blaquesmith Psychological Consultative Services, LLC

3 p.m., Todd Wehr Center, JOckey Room

Performance: Scenes from ‘Fighting for Home’
Directed by Martin McClendon, Associate Professor of Theatre, Carthage College

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